R+R=NOW Introduce Themselves With ‘Change Of Tone’ & ‘Colors In The Dark’ From Debut Album ‘Collagically Speaking’

At the end of 2017, Robert Glasper announced the union of a new musical force R+R=NOW. Now that we’re well into 2018, Glasper – alongside his bandmates multi-instrumentalist and producer Terrace Martin, jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Justin Tyson and multi-instrumentalist Taylor McFerrin – is prepping us for the release of the collective’s debut album, Collagically Speaking. They’ve released two songs to get us ready for the 11-track album, which is a jazzy symphony of soul and hip-hop that debuts in June.

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For the first single “Change Of Tone,” the band gives us a mid-tempo groove, which takes us on a trip from pure jazz to R&B and chill soul. It’s a seven-minute vibe you’ll want to put on repeat, with highlights including Terrace’s computerized vocals, Glasper’s signature keys and Christian’s horn flourishes. Their second release, “Colors In The Dark,” paints a similar albeit shorter picture with a soothing instrumental to vibe out to. The two easy, breezy tracks provide a satisfying sample of what we can expect on the supergroup’s debut, and we’re excited to hear more.

Collagically Speaking also promises guest appearances from actors Omari Hardwick and Terry Crews, actress Amanda Seales, rappers Stalley and yasiin bey and singers Amber Navran (of Moonchild) and Goapele. If you want to catch R+R=NOW live, they’ll be doing some album release shows in Atlanta, D.C. and Brooklyn before embarking on a summer tour that will take them across Europe and Japan. Listen to “Change Of Tone” and “Colors In The Dark” right here, and be sure to pre-order Collagically Speaking after you watch the album teaser video below.


R+R=NOW Collagically Speaking tracklist:

01. Change Of Tone
02. Awake To You
03. By Design
04. Resting Warrior
05. Need You Still
06. Colors In The Dark
07. The Night In Question
08. Reflect Reprise
09. HER = NOW
10. Respond
11. Been On My Mind

R+R=NOW Tour Dates:

June 15 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
June 16 – DC Jazz Fest – Washington DC
June 22 – Celebrate Brooklyn – Brooklyn, NY
June 28 – Leopolis Jazz Festival – Lviv, Ukraine
June 30 – JazzTM – Timisoara, Romania
July 1 – La Defense – Paris, France
July 4 – Vienne Jazz Festival – Vienne, France
July 5 – Warsaw Summer Jazz Days – Warsaw, Poland
July 6 – Istanbul Jazz Festival – Istanbul, Turkey
July 7 – Locus Festival – Locorotondo, Italy
July 8 – Montreux Jazz Festival – Montreux, Switzerland
July 11 – Vicar Street – Dublin, Ireland
July 13 – North Sea Jazz Festival – Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 14 – Dour Festival – Dour, Belgium
July 15 – Citadel Festival – London, UK
July 16 – Shephed’s Bush Empire – London, UK
July 17 – Nice Jazz Festival – Nice, France
July 18 – Mode Jazz Festival – Molde, Norway
July 20 – Pori Jazz Festival – Pori, Finland
July 22 – Black Sea Jazz Festival – Batumi, Georgia
July 24 – Jazz Festival at Barts – Barcalona, Spain
July 26 – Heineken Jazzaldia – San Sebastian, Spain
August 3 – Newport Jazz Festival – Newport, RI
August 28-29 – Billboard Live – Tokyo, Japan
August 30 – Billboard live – Osaka, Japan
September 1 – Tokyo Jazz Festival – Tokyo, Japan
January 26-February 2, 2019 – Blue Note at Sea

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